Youth Advisory Council

teen-pokemon1The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of volunteers, ages 11-17, who meet monthly to plan fun programs and fundraisers. Sometimes the fundraisers are for YAC, sometimes for the Library, and often they are to support organizations that help people.

YAC kids also help us choose new books, movies, music and video games for the Library’s Teen Space.   If you would like to see if YAC is right for you…feel free to join the group’s next scheduled meeting.  There is almost always pizza!

Interested in joining YAC?  Email Hannele at

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YAC meetings are currently postponed until further notice.

  • Sailing, SailingSailing, Sailing
    Kingston’s storied history of building ocean-going sailing vessels stretches from about 1713, when shipwright Samuel Drew and his son Cornelius set up shop on the Jones River, until 1874, when Edward Holmes launched the brig Helen A. Holmes, or perhaps until 1898 when Edward Ransom built only Kingston’s only steamer, ...
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  • Cushman’s Store – Outside and InCushman's Store - Outside and In
    The house at 196 Main Street, partially visible on the left in the photo above, stands on land purchased in 1785 by David Beal, and was probably built around then.  The store wing was added in 1794.  Beal’s son, David Jr., then his son-in-law Horace Collamore ran the store until ...
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  • Building the Bailey PlaygroundBuilding the Bailey Playground
    Drop by the Library to see a selection of photos and a few other things that tell the story of the Bailey Playground.
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  • I hear that train a-coming…I hear that train a-coming...
    For more about Old Colony Railroad, check out the Local History Room’s exhibit case. At one of their earliest meetings, the Directors of the Old Colony Railroad  voted to give the engines historical names related to Plymouth. The “Mayflower” along with the “Miles Standish” pulled the very first trainload of dignitaries ...
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  • Train ticketsTrain tickets
    The purple trains that stop in Kingston along the Old Colony line to connect commuters to the larger regional rail system have a long and interesting history. The Massachusetts Legislature chartered the Old Colony Railroad on March 16, 1844. John Sever of Kingston was elected the new company’s first President.  Just ...
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  • Now appearing, for the first time since…well, almost forever.Now appearing, for the first time since...well, almost forever.
    This is the Second Meeting House, which stood where the First Parish Church now stands on Main Street, next to the Training Green. It served not only as the second building to house the First Parish, but also as the center of Kingston’s town government before the original Town ...
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  • Clam-a-rama!Clam-a-rama!
    Throughout the 1800s, Kingston, along with Plymouth and Duxbury, provided clams to cod fisheries all along the Massachusetts coast. Clams were sold fresh for bait in the winter months, or steamed, salted and barreled for summer use. The region produced as much as 100,000 bushels a year. Around 1875, ...
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  • Congratulations Graduates!Congratulations Graduates!
    Stop by the Library and take a look at this month’s exhibit, which highlights Kingston graduates and graduations from 1862 on. This photograph was donated by the daughter of one of the graduates pictured.  The inscription on the back reads “Vesta Porter. Mamma first girl on left, next to her ...
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  • Three LettersThree Letters
    In 1938 and 1939, the author Henry Beston wrote three letters to Kingston resident Mrs. Alexander Holmes. The two had met at a retreat on Star Island, N.H. Beston is perhaps best know for his 1928 work Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod. ...
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  • Why they called it Rocky NookWhy they called it Rocky Nook
    This picture postcard shows the view from Rocky Nook across Kingston Bay toward the Standish Monument in Duxbury. Oh, and lots of rocks.
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  • Coconuts!Coconuts!
    Ah, the tropics! Here Henry M. Jones, author of Ships of Kingston standing at the far left, and four unidentified friends enjoy a refreshing treat under the palms.  The woman may be Henry’s wife Abby Bosworth Holmes Jones, though between the hat and the coconut, it’s difficult to tell. The ...
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  • And a belated top o’ the morning to ye allAnd a belated top o' the morning to ye all
    From the always entertaining Joseph Finney Collection. A rosy-cheeked couple merrily skip along, both dressed in green.  She wears a large bonnet, a green empire-waisted gown and dainty black boots.  He sports  a traditional leprechaun outfit with a green jacket, bow tie and top hat, accessorized with a walking stick and ...
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  • Taking StockTaking Stock
    A new exhibit is now in the display case.  “Taking Stock — Kingston Investments in the 19th Century” shows a century of local and national stock certificates and related business ephemera. One of the local items is particularly intriguing. Little can be found about this early corporation. The named individuals can be identified. ...
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  • Now and then, then and nowNow and then, then and now
    All the recent snow reminded me of this photograph taken from Green Street.  It dates after 1883, because the Soldier’s Monument is there, but before 1928, when the trolley stopped running. Once I found this one, I walked a little ways down Green Street to see if the view was the ...
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  • Happy New Year!Happy New Year!
    A Very Happy New Year Another New Year’s day is due And so today I send to you A better wish than e’er before Because you see, I like you more Lovingly, Mary. Source: Joseph Finney Collection
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  • Laddie – A Christmas StoryLaddie - A Christmas Story
    In 1928, the first and second grade students in Elspeth Hardy’s class wrote a holiday story about a little dog named Laddie saving Christmas for his family. As Mrs. Hardy described the process, “The children worked collectively; one child started with an opening sentence, the others took the thought and ...
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  • Happy Holidays!Happy Holidays!
    A beautiful batch of holiday mailers from the Loring Postcard Collection are now in the Local History exhibit case.  Stop by and take a look.
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  • ‘Tis the Season…'Tis the Season...
    Christmas and Santa Claus are meant for children.  This Christmas party was  held in 1949 at the Beal House on Main Street for the Sunday School of the First Parish Church.  Frank Randall served as Santa and Helen Williams, the director of the Sunday School, stands to his right.  Some ...
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  • For your holiday viewing and shopping pleasure!For your holiday viewing and shopping pleasure!
    The Friends of the Kingston Public Library are offering a lovely set of notecards featuring 12 historic scenes of Kingston from the Local History Room.  Some larger prints of these photographs are on display in the lobby.  Please stop by, take a look and if you like, pick up a ...
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  • Thanksgiving 1911Thanksgiving 1911
    On November 29, 1911, Laura from Island Creek mailed this happy holiday card to Russell Loring here in Kingston.   This year, I’m thankful that my turkey is home in the refrigerator, not gallivanting around town with some hot-rodding kid and a pile of fruit loot! A joyful Thanksgiving to all!
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